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Help Students Meet the Future

Your support makes it possible for the Foundation to continue to offer career and technical education for District youth. These programs combine academic studies with specialized training and mentoring to put students on pathways to employment, higher education and future careers.


Annual Meet the Future Luncheon and Signing Day


Sports Media host Fred Smoot with Shapiro & Duncan executive Sarah Mueller and ACAD graduate Te'von Wilson at our 2019 Meet the Future luncheon and Industry Signing Day ceremony.

Mentoring makes a difference! Each year in May, the Meet the Future Luncheon brings more than 150 career and technical education students, graduates, parents and industry guests for mentoring and networking about careers in the building industry.

This eagerly anticipated scholarships and awards luncheon was canceled due to the coronavirus, but check out our 2020 Meet the Future virtual event celebrating the accomplishments of students and graduating seniors in the Academy of Construction and Design. The way we work and learn has changed, but the future looks bright. ACAD is responding with bold, creative distance learning, employer engagement, paid internship, and work-based learning to open doors to high demand jobs, college, and careers.


Join us to help students Meet the Future! Click below to choose a sponsorship level or to contribute in any amount. Your generous support benefits students pursuing technical education and related science, technology, engineering and math studies in District schools.

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THANK YOU to our 2020 Sponsors. To find out how you can become a Meet the Future sponsor or mentor, email meetthefuture@dcstudentsctf.org or call 202.246.7662.


Norman Dreyfuss Scholarship Fund

Each year, DC Students Construction Trades Foundation awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are starting building industry jobs or enrolling in colleges or universities. Thanks to the leadership of industry executive Norman Dreyfuss, and with support from individual donors, the fund has provided more than $70,000 in scholarships to CTE graduates in the Academy of Construction and Design.


10th Anniversary Norman Dreyfuss Scholarships



Support CTE Scholarships

100 percent of your contribution goes directly to scholarships and educational opportunities for high school career and technical education students. Designate your tax-deductible gift to the Norman Dreyfuss Fund or the Marshall Janifer Fund to help talented students build bright futures!

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Marshall Janifer Memorial Scholarship Fund

Lead Carpentry Instructor Marshall Janifer was a dedicated CTE teacher, mentor, guidance counselor and role model for students in the Academy of Construction and Design at Cardozo Education Campus. He often said his proudest achievement was motivating students to want to become decent human beings and successful adults. The Marshall Janifer Memorial Scholarship Fund was established at the request of Mr. Janifer's family, following his sudden and untimely death in January 2014. These scholarships are awarded to outstanding students in the Academy’s career and technical education programs. Your generous contribution honors Marshall Janifer’s legacy and continues his vital work. Donate >>

View our Meet the Future tribute to Lead Carpentry Instructor Marshall Janifer, whose career demonstrated how CTE teachers make a difference in the lives of students.


Youth Apprenticeship

The Foundation welcomes in-kind support for the Build a House – Build a Future construction education program in the Academy of Construction and Design. Students apply math, carpentry, mechanical drawing, blueprint reading, and practical science skills on construction sites sponsored by the Foundation. Eligible high school students can earn stipends and career-related work experience in the citywide ACAD Builds Internship program.


Thank You!

Contributions to the Meet the Future luncheon and other annual activities help us sustain quality career and technical education in the Academy of Construction and Design.

Your generous support helps the DC Students Construction Trades Foundation retain instructors, maintain quality instructional materials and provide scholarship support and career placement assistance for Academy graduates.

Click below to make a contribution in any amount using our secure PayPal processing. Thanks for your support.

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